Shavon Shields scored 19 points and Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds helping Nebraska to a 57-55 win over Purdue Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
The Huskers (15-17) hung on after Purdue's Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds and will meet No. 10 Ohio State in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
They started the second half on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point lead into a 39-28 advantage and withstood a late push by the Boilermakers (15-17).
It was 54-53 after Purdue's D.J. Byrd made a three-pointer with :40 left. Nebraska's Ray Gallegos then made the first free throw and missed the second, but the Cornhuskers recovered the ball.
Ubel then hit the second foul shot after missing the first to make it 56-53 with :28.6 left. Byrd put back a missed three by Ronnie Johnson to pull Purdue to within one with :13 remaining.
Gallegos then made one of two free throws to make it a two-point game. Purdue had one last chance, but Johnson missed two shots in the lane and Gallegos grabbed the rebound to secure the win.